Shane Mosley drops $12M defamation suit against BALCO founder Victor Conte.

The $12 million defamation suit Shane Mosley filed against BALCO founder Victor Conte was quietly dismissed last week, ending a contentious 2-1/2 year battle that played out in newspaper and Internet accounts, on courthouse steps and even on YouTube.

The case was “voluntarily dismissed with prejudice and without costs, disbursements or attorney’s fees to any party against another,” according to a document filed on Friday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. No further terms were made public. A case dismissed with prejudice cannot be re-filed.

Golden Gate University law professor Peter Keane, who has followed the case since it was filed in 2008, said he doesn’t know whether money changed hands, but said it “wouldn’t make sense” for Conte to have paid Mosley to settle.

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